This New Moon In Aquarius Is Prime for Intention Setting! If Mercury retrograde has been zapping your energy and making it seemingly impossible to get ahead since January 14, you’ll be thrilled to learn that February brings a whole new vibe. And you’re sure to feel it right off the bat when the first of the month serves up a new moon in fixed air sign Aquarius centering around friendships, collegial relationships, group projects, and humanitarian efforts.
As the start of a whole new moon cycle, new moons traditionally present a chance to get clear on big-picture dreams, goals, and projects. And in order to lock them in, you can practice a ritual like opening up to a therapist or loved one, journaling, or lighting a candle. Think of it as your monthly — and very rarely, twice monthly — astrological nudge to pinpoint something you want to accomplish, then design your ultimate action plan for getting there. Because this new moon is occurring right on the edge of the month, technically, this will be the second new moon in January for people behind the Eastern time zone.
And it’ll also serve as the first page of a whole new chapter in your life! If you want it. If you let it !
If Mercury retrograde has been zapping your energy and making it seemingly impossible to get ahead since January 14, you’ll be really happy to learn that February brings a whole new vibe. And I for one am ready for it ! My credit card got hacked, something I ordered got lost in the mail, I ordered the wrong part for my computer, my WI-fi is slow and my fire stick has been merrily just buffering along and that’s just the tip of stuff I’ve been going through.
If you were born under the sign of the Aquarius Water Bearer — approximately January 20 to February 18 — or with your personal planets (the sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, or Mars) in Aquarius (something you can learn from your natal chart), you’ll feel this new moon more than most. More specifically, if you have a personal planet that falls within five degrees of the new moon (12 degrees Aquarius), you could feel extra driven and focused on taking advantage of its go-getter vibe.
This is the time to set powerful intentions around friendships, collegial relationships, group projects, and humanitarian efforts.
What New Moons Mean and Represent
The new Moon marks the beginning of a lunar cycle. This means that there’s a new Moon about once a month. As a new moon represents the start of a new moon cycle, it symbolizes new beginnings. People use the energy of a new moon to achieve their goals or start on a new project. They also reflect on their old goals and set themselves new ones.
Themes of the February 2022 Aquarius New Moon
Fixed air sign Aquarius, symbolized by the Water Bearer, is ruled by Uranus, the planet of revolution and change, and rules the eleventh house of networking, groups, and wishes. People with strong Aquarius placements — meaning, your big three (sun, moon, and rising sign) — are generally progressive, future-minded, humanitarian, social, and especially adept at platonic relationships, eccentric, free-spirited, and contrarian. Preferring to march to the beat of their own drum and strike out against convention at every turn, you’ll see a typically open-minded Water Bearer dole out plenty of “nos” when they get into their signature black-and-white way of thinking about something.
People ask me all the time about new moon rituals. Consider lighting a candle or some incense in a quiet space where you can relax. Or write down what you want from life and focus on these goals while the new moon is in the sky. Or create an altar with sacred objects such as pictures, stones and crystals, and take a ritual bath with sea salt to clear them of any negative energies beforehand.
So, in general, Aquarius new moons are about collaborating with others (how about networking for your business), looking down the road at what you want to achieve (school or maybe a new job), and connecting with friends and loved ones. We are still in pandemic mode for getting together physically but the phone still works ! With two retrogrades (Mercury and Venus) affecting our social and romantic lives recently, this new moon could set the stage for reconnecting with people you haven’t seen in a minute — for the greater purpose of beginning a new chapter with them or reevaluating how you’re showing up in your platonic relationships.
Restriction-loathing Uranus is also a key player during this new moon. Not only does the planet rule the event itself, since it’s the ruler of Aquarius, but it will also form a tense (albeit activating) square to the new moon. This aspect could stir up nervous, anxious, and also innovation-inspiring energy. You’ll want to rebel against the status quo and break free of anything that feels restrictive or conventional. Yeah and for those living in New York right now, that mask mandate is really riling people up ! It IS coming to an end. Let’s get through Mercury Retrograde first okay?
And speaking of restriction, the most powerful connection the moon will make is to taskmaster Saturn, the planet of limitations, boundaries, but also commitment and diligence. The Aquarius new moon will sit almost exactly conjunct to Saturn, making this a moment in which you’ll be motivated to put your nose to the grindstone and begin ambitious projects. But it could be more about feeling pressured to do so, because whatever you need to get to work on is intertwined with your responsibilities. Uranus’ pull to act independently could add to the struggle as well.
With Mercury still retrograde at the time of the new moon — and about to turn direct just a couple days later on Thursday, February 3 — it’s possible that diving full-throttle into an ambitious game plan could be delayed a bit anyway. But with several planets still in industrious Capricorn — Mercury, Mars, Venus — your drive to get down to whatever business is spotlit now will win out sooner versus later.
And oh yeah, about that Mercury Retrograde. It’s ending February 3rd and I keep getting asked the question: is this why I want to get back with my ex? And my answer is: this person is your EX for a reason ! Proceed with caution ! Venus retrograde which ended January 29, has allowed us to take a good, long look at our lives and discover what we truly want out of our love and financial lives. If you’ve experienced an end to a relationship (romantic or platonic) or a desire to revamp your budget, then the retrograde period has done its job. Maybe it’s a sign that your EX really should stay your EX and that friendship that did NOT ever serve you is now over. Maybe stick a fork in it?
Although Venus is often referred to as the Planet of Love and Affection, it also rules our finances. And because Venus retrograde happened in Capricorn, a zodiac sign that focuses on career and work, we were affected in this department even more than usual. “Are we over-working ourselves? What does success really mean to us? Does our career bring us joy? And most importantly, is the way we make money even in line with our true passion?” Since the onset of the pandemic, we’ve all been questioning the circumstances in which we’ve been forced to work — plenty of injustices in the workforce have been exposed, and this retrograde may have given you a new perspective on what work and your career really mean to you. Venus will be leaving Capricorn on March 6, whether or not the Venus Rx caused you to join in on the Great Resignation or as I like to think of it as Relationship, Friendship and Worketh Interupitis !
Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, the planet of structure and stability. So when Mars moves into this sign, forget about getting caught up in pipe dreams or impulsive behavior. We’ll be looking at life through a more realistic and level-headed lens at this time. Mars in Capricorn wants us to survey what’s in front of us, plan our next move, and get down to business so we turn ideas into realities.
There’s another upside to the pragmatic energy created by Mars in Capricorn. This transit wants us to not only question why we’re doing what we’re doing, but how we’re doing it. Mars wants to act, and Capricorn wants to make sure we do it with purpose. This transit, then, is a time to set clearer goals and re-evaluate our previous goals so we can do them in a better, more efficient way.
New moons are generally about self-reflection, getting clear on your hopes and dreams, and strengthening the belief in yourself in order to pave a promising path forward. This month’s new moon, being in community-oriented Aquarius and pairing up with restrained Saturn, challenges you to reflect on which group efforts and platonic bonds are worthy of your energy, to fulfill your commitments, and consider where in your life you need to break free.
Aquarius might be an intellectual, social air sign, but as a fixed sign, the Water Bearer zeros in on a strategy and sees it through. That said, this new moon moment could pave the way to putting in the work that will make long-term wishes an everyday reality.
While Aquarius isn’t the most romantic placement for Mercury, it will help you stick to the facts, making it easier not to let the bombardment of cupid-themed posts get to you.
Before I leave, lets talk about the new moon law of abundance. New moons are all about new beginnings. This new moon is focusing on your platonic relationships and the groups you associate with, as it falls in Aquarius, the ruler of the eleventh house of networking.
Start asking yourself questions about networking, the friendships you’re pouring your time and energy into as well as the team projects you’re contributing to. Aquarian energy also challenges us to put the greater good of our community above all else, so you could be thinking in those terms as well and volunteering for a homeless shelter or animal shelter. Maybe running for office as a way to effect change in your community !
Speaking of networking, I’m going to be doing readings at Painted Love, 145 Belmont in Tonawanda, this Saturday from 1-4 pm. Come on down and see me for a psychic reading. Text me at 716 481 2799 or hit me up at TJ6356@gmail.com or Facebook for an appointment. Lets talk about a new year, your goals and decisions and maybe also hear from someone who is on the other side.